Tuesday, February 28, 2012

ESPN SoCon Tournament Preview

From ESPN.com ...


The favorite: Davidson won three consecutive SoCon tournament titles from 2006 through 2008. See: Steph Curry. The Wildcats are the tournament's 1-seed. They won the South Division with the help of the conference's top field goal percentage defense (40.7 percent) and top scoring offense (79.4 ppg in conference action).

The top challengers: Wofford, a 2-seed from the South Division, pushed Davidson in the teams' first matchup (72-69 Davidson win on Dec. 1). UNC Greensboro is one of the best turnaround stories in the country (started out 2-14), but the Spartans have lost their past three games. The College of Charleston beat Davidson 86-78 on Feb. 11.

Three players to watch: De'Mon Brooks averaged 16.6 ppg for Davidson in conference play. The Citadel's Mike Groselle finished the regular season averaging 16.6 ppg, and he led the SoCon in rebounding (9.7 rpg). Trevis Simpson of UNC Greensboro led the conference in scoring (19.9 ppg) during the regular season.